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Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting

A one year conversion course in accounting for non-accounting graduates

Why Study?: 

New scholarship available for 2018. See Essential Information below for more details.

The Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting (PDA) is designed to fast-track graduates who wish to pursue careers in Accountancy or Taxation.

It is a “conversion programme” aimed at non-accounting graduates from disciplines such as Arts, Computers, Education, Engineering, and Science. Business or Commerce graduates who have not majored in Accountancy may also find the programme beneficial. 

The PDA is a dedicated post-graduate programme. The small class size facilitates greater interaction between student and lecturer, and this, combined with lecturers who are leading experts in their respective fields, results in an excellent learning environment. Click here to see lecturer profiles.

Successful completion of the course will give graduates full CAP1 exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland, seven of the nine Fundamental ACCA papers and three of the four-part 1 Irish Tax Institute papers.*

Programme Modules: 

Students undertake an induction course commencing in the first week in September and a total of 8 modules, ranging from 5 credits to 15 credit modules. Lectures are held throughout the week, with total weekly contact hours ranging from 25-28 hours. Due to the intensive nature of the programme significant additional self-study is also required of students.  

Students study:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Financial Management
  • Law
  • Business Ethics & Corporate Governance

Click here for further details on course content.

Career Opportunities: 

This course is primarily designed for those who wish to pursue a career in Accountancy, although some graduates may choose to utilise their accounting knowledge in conjunction with their primary degree.

The course prepares students for employment in the accounting function of industry and Accountancy firms, as well as with other Financial Services employers. There are many different types of accounting roles, and accountants play a very strategic role within today's business world.  

Accounting offers a clearly defined career path, but yet offers a range of employment options. The main types of Accountants are Professional Accountants (who work in private practice) or Management Accountants (who work in companies), but there are many specialist roles such as auditors and taxation consultants.

Accounting professionals are consistently in demand in private and public organisations. Training as an accountant offers increasingly varied roles within organisations at the heart of business development. 

Click here for graduate testimonials.

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates may progress to a Master of Accounting course, or to the examinations of the professional bodies.

Entry Requirements: 

Minimum entry requirement is a H2.2 in a non-accounting Level 8 degree, or an approved equivalent non-accounting qualification.

Students who have an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) or equivalent in accounting achieved outside Ireland are also eligible to apply.

International students are required to meet an English language standard equivalent to TOEFL (560) / IELTS (6.0).

Other Essential Information: 

Full-time and Part-time options.

This is a one year full-time programme with approximately 25 class contact hours per week.  However, students may pursue the programme on a part-time basis over more than one year.  Please note that part-time students take classes during the day with full-time students.

Full-time applicants apply by clicking here.

Part-time applicants:  Complete and return the direct application form (Click here) and the ACCM form (Click here).


Closing date for applications is 31st May. Late applications may be accepted subject to availabilty of places.

Classes will begin on 1st September.

On successful completion of this programme, graduates may be entitled to exemption from the CAP 1 stage of the Chartered Accounting Ireland qualification and seven of the nine fundamental papers with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).   Click here for details of exemptions.  Guidance is provided in relation to the professional accounting bodies and their requirements.

This course includes practical training in computerised accounting packages.

A number of prizes are available to graduates of this programme:  Grant Thornton awards a prize to the best overall student, the Irish Taxation Institute recognises the best tax student, BDO Limerick sponsors the prize for the best student in the financial accounting module, and DHKN Limited sponsors the prize for the best student in the management accounting module.

Scholarship *** available for 2018 ***

The scholarship is an excellent opportunity for graduates who wish to pursue the conversion course in Accounting. The scholarship includes;

  • A place on the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting programme commencing in September 2018 worth over €5,000.
  • All course materials, registration fees and exam fees.

The scholarship is a fee scholarship (fee waiver – no cash alternative).

How to Apply
Applicants must complete the online application form and submit a personal statement (no more than 600 words) outlining:

  • Why you are interested in a career in Accounting (Include information on any relevant experience and interests that have informed your desire to pursue the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting).
  • How will you use what you learn in the course?  (Please consider the impact to your future career intentions).

A character reference should also be submitted.

Who can apply
To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Have applied for the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting by the closing date of 31st May, 2018.
  • Be eligible to apply for that programme – you must already hold an Honours degree (Level 8) in any discipline with at least a 2:2 award.

What are the next steps?
Review the rules of the scholarship and download an application form below.
Submit completed application form and personal statement by 5pm on Thursday, 31st May, 2018 to Admissions office, GMIT, Dublin Rd Campus, Galway or by email to with the subject “Post Graduate Diploma Scholarship Application”.

What is the selection process?
A judging panel will use the application form and personal statement to shortlist for interview.
Successful candidates will be called to interview.

Important dates
Submission date for applications: 5pm on Thursday, 31st May, 2018.
Interviews:    Mid-June 2018.


Fees (Tuition Fee & Student Contribution):

Discipline: Business

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 9


Eamon Walsh

Head of Department of Accounting & Information Systems, GMIT

Phone: +353 (0) 91 74 2559

email: Eamon Walsh

Places: 40

Programme Duration: One year

Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Graduation 2016
Aine Keane presented with Best Student in Management Accounting Award by Robert Clinton of DHKN, Chartered Accountants,   Galway.  Also pictured are Graham Heaslip, Head of School and Eamon Walsh, Head of Department.
Michelle Burke presented with Best Student in Taxation Award by Delma Carey on behalf of the Irish Tax Institute. Also pictured are Graham Heaslip, Head of School and Eamon Walsh, Head of Department.
Emer Callaghan presented with Best Student in Financial Accounting Award by Raymond Holly on behalf of BDO Chartered   Accountants, Limerick. Also pictured are Graham Heaslip, Head of School and Eamon Walsh, Head of Department.
Emer Callaghan presented with Best Student in the Postgraduate Diploma  Award by Paul Walsh on behalf of Grant Thornton   Chartered Accountants, Galway. Also pictured are Graham Heaslip, Head of School and Eamon Walsh, Head of Department.
Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Graduation 2015
Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Graduation 2014